Conversations with Angie: Finally reconciling evil with God's goodness
But there's still evil in the world, and that has to be reconciled with the existence of a wholly good God. That can be done like so:
7. Since God is wholly good, God has a good reason for everything he does.
8. God created a world with evil in it.
9. Therefore, God has a good reason for creating a world with evil in it.
What, in Plantinga's argument, was offered as merely a possibility turns out to be necessarily true. There is a good reason for evil.
Since we've come to this conclusion by deductive reasoning, the conclusion must necessarily be true. And yet we don't know what all of his reasons are. We're especially at a loss to know what God's reasons are for particular evils that seem pointless to us. But it isn't necessary for us to know what God's reasons are since we've arrived at the conclusion by deduction from true premises.
I think the argument I've been making answers every argument from the problem of evil. They all depend on there being real evil, and if there is evil, then there's God. Evil doesn't disprove God; rather, it proves God. So all arguments against God from evil are incoherent. As soon as you deny God, you lose any basis for saying anything is really evil, and once you have no basis for calling anything evil, you have no basis for objection.
Sorry this email was so long. I couldn't figure out a way to break it up without losing the flow.
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